You are warmly invited to celebrate the public launch of our major summer exhibition:

Unfinished Business: Perspectives on art and feminism

Thursday 14 December, 6–8.30pm

Continuing ACCA’s ongoing series of Big Picture exhibitions focussing on contemporary art’s relation to wider social, cultural and political contexts, Unfinished Business is a major exhibition exploring the intersection between contemporary art and feminism.

Exhibition dates: 15 December 2017 – 25 March 2018

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

Image: Clare Rae Untitled Actions for ACCA #2, 2017 pigment print on dibond 30 x 40cm

Second LAST show

Invitation to LIGHT
You are warmly invited to LIGHT, the second LAST Collective exhibition, featuring works by founding members Melanie Irwin, Katie Lee, Clare Rae and Hanna Tai, with guest artists Beth Arnold, Taree Mackenzie and Lizzy Sampson.

Location: Artery Co-op Project Space,
107 Helen St, Northcote, VIC

Opening: Saturday 9 December, 3–5pm
Exhibition times: Saturday 9 December 3–5pm, Sunday 10 December, 10am–4pm

The second iteration of our boxed set of LAST limited-edition artworks will be available, including new work by each of the LAST artists.


I’m very pleased to be shortlisted again this year for the William & Winifred Bowness Prize at the Monash Gallery of Art, for my photograph
Les Blanche Banques 2017 made on residency in Jersey, U.K.

Exhibition dates: 14th October – 26th November 2017

Opening announcement Thursday 19th October. RSVP here

A list of the finalists is available on the MGA website.

Clare Rae Les Blanche Banques 2017 silver gelatin photograph 76 x 101 cm



Untitled No 1 from the series Climbing the Walls and Other Actions 2009

Coming up in March I’m contributing four works to the exhibition Photography 130, celebrating 130 years of photography at RMIT University. The exhibition will be held at RMIT Gallery, open from the 10th of March to 13th April 2017. Shane Hulbert curated the show, and will be speaking at 1pm on the 10th of March.

Three of the photographs I made for Melbourne Now at the NGV are on display as part of the permanent collection at NGV Australia in Federation Square, Gallery 11 Level 2. I’m not sure how long they’re up for, so pop in and have a look if you’re in town over the next little while.

Most excitingly I’m preparing to go overseas to undertake two residencies from March – May 2017. The first one is in Jersey in the U.K to study the archive of Claude Cahun, an avant-garde French surrealist artist who lived and died in Jersey in the 1950’s. Cahun was ahead of her time, creating self-portrait images that were transgressive and have since been recognised as a precursor to artists such as Cindy Sherman. I studied Cahun during my Masters degree, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to view her prints and negs up close. The residency is supported by ArchIsle, the Jersey contemporary photography program. During this time I will respond to the archive and create a body of work that will be developed in Berlin in May during a residency with the Intitut für Alles Mögliche. I will be showing the outcomes produced back in Melbourne in the near future, stay tuned. In the meantime follow our adventures attempting two international artist residencies with a two year old on instagram! @clarerae

The residencies and research project have been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

And finally, incase you missed the first LAST studio show in December, some images are up on our website,, and details of the limited edition print set we made can be found on the store page. LAST (Light and Air and Space and Time) is a collective of like-minded artists with shared affinities in our practices. Fellow LAST members include Katie Lee, Melanie Irwin and Hanna Tai. If you’d like to hear more about LAST please head to our website to join the mailing list.











I’m very pleased to be included in the Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) National Photography Prize 2016.

The exhibition runs from Saturday 21 May – Sunday 7 August 2016

MAMA, 546 Dean Street, Albury NSW

CLICK HERE for a full list of finalists, my shortlisted works are below.


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Sutton Projects


Exhibition Dates: 1 – 23rd May 2015
Gallery hours: Friday – Saturday 1 – 5 pm

Sutton Projects is pleased to present 20+9+5 a solo exhibition by photo-media artist Clare Rae. Rae’s practice utilises the body, gesture and performative photography to explore feminine representation. She engages photography, stop motion animation and performance to navigate and defy the limitations of the everyday environments she inhabits. Her practice explores tension, portraying situations that offer alternative spatial and psychological interactions between her body and the possibilities that are held in her surrounds. Through a dialogue on the performative body in art practice, the work seeks to address the dichotomies inherent in photography; between capture and representation.

In 20+9+5 Rae has returned to the darkroom, producing black and white silver gelatin prints for the show. The subject matter is new territory; she photographed herself within the project space whilst pregnant and again after giving birth. As most of her work is centered around her experience of the female body, here Rae has created images with the body in its most extremely feminine state. The title of the exhibition refers to various lengths of time relevant to this body of work.


march news

As we say good bye to summer and hello to cardigans, I’d love to let you know about a few exhibitions I’m in over the coming months.

With Her Feet Off the Ground is currently showing at Counihan Gallery, until the 29th of March. Featuring four women artists, Barbara Brugola, myself, Kawita Vatanajyankur and Heidi Yardley, the exhibition was curated by Simone Hine and explores the female form in a state of flux. Simone has written a fantastic essay to accompany the exhibition, and we were lucky to be reviewed by Dan Rule in The Age last weekend. Click here to read the review online.

In April my collaborative project with Simone Hine, Stages, will be shown at Screen Space. Stages premiered at the Queensland Festival of Photography in 2014, at Boxcopy in Brisbane. I’m excited to show these images in their entirety here in Melbourne; this project marked a return to the darkroom for me which was incredibly invigorating, and reminded me of the thrill of analogue photography. There’s nothing like watching an image appear in the developer tray! Stages will open on Saturday the 18th of April from 3-5pm, concluding on the 23rd of May.

I’m also working towards a solo exhibition at Sutton Projects, opening on the 1st of May. Again I’ve gone back to the darkroom, producing black and white prints for the show. The subject matter is new territory for me, I photographed within the project space whilst pregnant and again after giving birth. As most of my work is centered around the female body, and my experience of it, I wanted to create some images with my body in its most extremely feminine state. The exhibition dates are 1-23 May, with an opening celebration on Friday the 1st from 6-8pm.

Further down the track in July I’m participating in a group exhibition at BUS Projects in Collingwood, enigmatically titled to not believe in the devine yet always aspire to reach it. More on that at a later date. Please let me know if you’d like more information on any of these exhibitions, I hope to see you at one or all!


Untitled (work in progress) 2015 to be shown at Sutton Projects in May.


Re-raising consciousness

A quick note to say I’ve got a small print in this show curated by Katherine Hattam, Harriet Morgan and Fayen D’Evie, titled Re-Raising Consciousness. It’s on at TCB until the 29th of November, and there are a few events happening that may be of interest. Check the TCB website for more.




Performing Absence

Please join me for the opening of Performing Absence, a group exhibition curated by Victoria Bennett.
Details below:

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If you’re up Brisbane way, please pop into Boxcopy to view my latest exhibition, Stages, a collaborative project with Simone Hine.

We have approached the exhibition in a collaborative way: Simone and I have each created a new work that responds to the Rosina Auditorium at the Abbotsford Convent. Using the same space as a set for both artist’s work, I have produced a series of black and white photographs (one of which is above) whilst Simone has produced a multi-channel video installation. We have brought our own aesthetic and line of questioning to the chosen space, creating a dialogue between different ways of seeing, understanding, and representing the female body. The convergences mark a shared history of art, whilst the divergences mark our individual response to the room in which the works were produced.

Stages is part of the Queensland Festival of Photography, and runs from the 5th – 26th of April 2014.

Stages has been featured on the Abbotsford Convent blog, alongside an overview of other projects I’ve photographed at the Convent.


Untitled Actions (for Stages) 2014 silver gelatin photograph 50 x 50 cm



Melbourne Now

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I’m thrilled to announce the opening of Melbourne Now at the National Gallery of Victoria, this Friday the 22nd of November. For the exhibition I’ve created a series of photographs and a stop-motion video work, which are installed on the ground floor of NGV Australia, at Federation Square. The work was captured at NGV International, in the public and private spaces of the building.

There is a free iPhone app and ebook available on iTunes, with essays and information on all the artists in the show.


Untitled (glass plates) 2013

You’ll find my work in the NGV studio space on the ground floor of NGVA, highlighted here in yellow. Alongside me is Simon Obarzanek and Phuong Ngo.